Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums - a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know.
Louis CK is a comedian, writer and director. His new Showtime comedy special is Louis CK: Chewed Up. He created and starred in the HBO series Lucky Louie and wrote and directed the cult film Pootie Tang.
Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.
Chuck Brown is known as "The Godfather of Go-Go", a genre of very danceable funk music that he helped originate in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.His newest release is a 3-disc set called "We Got This". He spoke to us about a song that changed his life.
Nile Rodgers launched a string of hits with the group Chic, including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", and went on to become a songwriting and producing superstar. He was behind Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and many more. Now, he reflects on decades of hitwriting, collaborating, and the meaning of music in his life. His new autobiography is Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco...
This week we talk with Paul Feig, creator of the series "Freaks and Geeks," and author of the new book, "Superstud: How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin." We also talk with Ian Parton, founder of the UK hip-hop/rock/dance band The Go! Team.
Dave Willis is the co-creator of The Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a cult comedy series on Cartoon Network. He and his partner Matt Maiellaro also made the new film adaptation Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theatres.
Jesse's live conversation at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles with Barry Gordon, the then-15-year-old star of the film A Thousand Clowns. Released in 1965 and now out-of-print, A Thousand Clowns co-stars Jason Robards as Murray, a comedy writer who struggles to come to terms with growing up, something he must do if he wants to stop child protective services from taking away his adopted son Nick.
Elmore Leonard is the author of 41 novels, including "Get Shorty," among many other best-sellers. He's perhaps the most critically-acclaimed popular fiction writer in the country. His most recent is "Up in Honey's Room."
This week we celebrate the New Sincerity Summer. We adjudicate the New Sincerity Summer contest, in which we asked listeners to contribute New Sincerity Summer activities. We also talk with Mike Veeck, minor league baseball empresario, son of baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, and author of "Fun is Good." Mike talks with us about some of the promotions he's concocted, like "Disco Demolition Night" and "Mime-O-Vision." He also tells us about his son, who he has...
Jesse sadly announces Mitch Hedberg's passing and reflects on his work as a comedian. Then comedian Al Madrigal speaks about his upcoming appearance at the 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit and also takes time to look back at Hedberg's life. Then comedian and radio host Mark Maron talks about his experience as a radio personality and role in comedy.
Today's episode is a very special tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard. In it, Jesse and guest-host Jim "Master of Would You Rather" Real welcome Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd, and partake in a little radio improvisation themselves.
In today's episode: What type of girl is best? Sarah Silverman is best. Also writer/musician Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan discusses his book "Blue Wizard Is About To Die! which is a poetry book... about video games.
Phil Rosenthal is the creator of the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nine seasons on US television. He's also the subject of a new documentary about the challenges of translating the show for a Russian audience.
Steve Albini is one of the world's most accomplished rock producers. He's recorded over 1000 albums for more than 1000 bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and Joanna Newsom. Recorded live in Chicago at the Second City.
Taika Waititi is the writer, director and star of "Boy," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. James Rolleston is his pre-teen co-star. The film, based on Waititi's Oscar-nominated short, is a funny and affecting coming-of-age story set in a rural New Zealand village. Waititi previously directed "Eagle vs. Shark."
Patrick Warburton is a live and voice actor known for his roles on Seinfeld, NewsRadio and The Venture Brothers among others. He's currently starring in the popular CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement and is the voice behind the talk show host in the animated series Effin With Tonight on Crackle.
Guests Todd Bowman and Devin the Dude. Devin the Dude is a Houston-based rapper whose self-depracating, hilarious, and sometimes profane raps has made him a favorite of Dr. Dre. DJ Premier, and other hip-hop insiders. Todd Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. We talk to him about the DVD release of the concert film "Wattstax."
Guest Jimmy Pardo. Jimmy Pardo is a nationally headlining comedian and the former host of "National Lampoon's Funny Money" and AMC's "Movies At Our House." His long-running stage talk show "Running Your Trap" is a fixture in Los Angeles. He also recently began podcasting.
Colson Whitehead is one of America's most acclaimed novelists. He was the recepient of a MacArthur "genius" grant for his fiction, which includes Apex Hides the Hurt and John Henry Days. His latest novel is Sag Harbor, about the African American beach enclave.